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  • Release Date 2014-03-28
  • Label HANDS
  • Catalog HANDSD199
Cervello Elettronico, another well established act since 2001, joins HANDS and presents his own brand of industrial-tinged techno on the 13 tracks of "Anima Meccanica" - an idiosyncratic blend of atmospheric backdrops, occasional distortion, tempting beats and apt quotations from electronic music history. The album glistens with polished production value and will prove a gadget suited for all intents and purposes in an electronic household. The "electronic brain" is the brainchild of Los Angeles based producer David Christian, who has made himself a name with numerous live shows in North America and Europe at important festivals like Schlagstrom, Elektroanschlag. Prolific remixes have been produced for the likes of Lenny Dee, Leæther Strip or Terrorfakt, and of course there have been well-received album releases on Crunch Pod and Rustblade. His tracks have made it into the playlists of Techno DJs like Adam X. On the HANDS map, "Anima Meccanica" puts Cervello Elettronico in the uncharted territory between the industrial dub techno of label stalwart Orphx and the distinctly technoid side of Nullvektor – with some electronica experimentation thrown in for good measure. A number of tracks, for example "Last Words" , "Vertebrae", "Too much too fast" or "Instant Trauma" are what could be called relaxed industrial techno - darker atmospheres and convoluted midtempo beats which regularly shift and change in tempo. "Vertebrae" adds a gritty bass riff which sounds as if it was lifted from a 1990 Sheffield track, while "Impact" is a rather experimental, soundtrack-like interlude. Some dance floor food is also to be found: "She's got Damage" convinces with infectious beats and warm distortion, "Down the Line" is even more reduced and noisier and "Pulse" carries a strong dub techno/minimal vibe. "Animalism" takes off for space, "Source Code" surprises with Kraftwerkian vocoder quotes and bulky electro beats and "People are still People" plays with an EBM-ish bassline. After a good hour the album comes to its conclusion with the fuzzy beats of "Splinter". "Anima Meccanica" is intelligent, it's danceable, but the IDM tag would definitely not give consideration to the multitude of ideas and the skill with which Cervello Elettronico uses a number of influences to create something with a trademark sound. "Anima Meccanica" is a high quality, entertaining and coherent album with an absorbing atmosphere!

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Anima Meccanica